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BallHype: hype it up! Friday, November 30, 2007
We've got this hilarious post by fellow Iowa Big Ten blogger "Black Hearts Gold Pants" demanding a boycott of the Tampa area and the Outback chain of restaurants. They might be onto something here. Seems like Penn State is most likely going to end up in the Champs Sports Bowl, but the Capital One Bowl (which has first pick of Big Ten teams after the BCS selections) still has Penn State in the running with Illinois and Michigan. Penn State fans should hope for a Missouri or West Virginia loss so Ohio State will end up in the National Championship. This will open the door for the Rose Bowl to select Illinois leaving the Capital One Bowl with the choice between Michigan or Penn State seeing as the Outback simply salivated at the thought of inviting the badgers which got routed in Happy Valley.

Penn State
Michigan
Year: Bowl (# Rank)
Opponent
Attendance
Year: Bowl (# Rank)
Opponent
Attendance
06: Outback Bowl (NR) Tennessee # 17 65,601 / 65,657 99.9 06: Rose Bowl (# 3) USC # 8 93,952 (13.9) / 92,542 101.5
05: Orange Bowl (# 3) Florida State # 22 77,773 (12.3) / 72,230 118.8 05: Alamo Bowl (# 20) Nebraska (NR) 62,016 (5.41) / 65,000 95.4
02: Capital One Bowl (#10) Auburn # 19 66,334 (5.9) / 65,438 102.0 04: Rose Bowl (# 13) Texas # 6 93,468 (12.4) / 92,542 101.0
99: Alamo Bowl (#13) Texas A&M # 18 65,380 (5.2) / 65,000 100.6 03: Rose Bowl (# 4) USC # 1 93,849 (14.4) / 92,542 101.4
98: Outback Bowl (# 22) Kentucky (NR) 66,005 (4.8) / 65,567 100.7 02: Outback Bowl (# 12) Florida # 22 59,693 (4.2) / 65,657 90.9

It seems over the last 5 bowl games, Penn State and Michigan's fan base has traveled well. But overall, it may seem Nittany Nation just seems to flock to their bowl games more so than Wolverine fans. Granted, Michigan has sold out 3 of its last 5 bowl games (compared to 4 of 5 by Penn State), but notice how all 3 sold out games were the Rose Bowl? When the Wolverines don't end up in a BCS bowl, their fans just don't seem to have enough motivation to follow their team to lower-tier bowls.

So it would be wise for the Capital One bowl to select Penn State over Michigan this year. Who knows, we here at Nittany White Out could also declare our own boycott of Orlando in retaliation.
posted by Nittany White Out @ 10:07 AM  
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